Hailing from Wigan, Greater Manchester this jangly, lyrical indie quartet — with a sound nodding to both Arctic Monkeys and The Smiths — formed in early 2019 while still in their teens.
Singer/songwriter and guitarist Alex Moore, lead guitarist Scott Concepcion, bassist Johnny Cunliffe and drummer Ryan Durrans all met at The Music College, in the local district of Pemberton, after their tutor placed them in the same project group. Moore’s honest vocal delivery was a good match for Concepcion’s organic Rickenbacker flourishes, and there was soon evident mileage in the group outside of their studies. Following The Lathums’ first gig — at a hen do in nearby Ormskirk — their self-released debut single “Crying Out” was recorded by John Kettle at the college and issued in April 2019.
The following month’s release, “The Great Escape,” caught the attention of The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess, who invited them to play a set at that summer’s Kendal Calling. In tandem, the track was named Record of the Week on local alternative station, XS Manchester. Modern Sky UK — a management company with acts such as Jamie Webster and The Lottery Winners on their books — were soon involved, and helped The Lathums build on their developing social media buzz. A self-titled EP was released in the autumn, before they enjoyed November dates supporting Gerry Cinnamon at Newcastle Arena and Brixton Academy.
They opened 2020 with the French Resistance-themed “Fight On” before embarking on a debut U.K. headline tour which sold out in 30 minutes. March brought the Fight On EP, as well as their signing to Island Records for a rumored multi-album, seven-figure deal. Next, their plans to tour again and play dates in support of Paul Weller and Blossoms were put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In June, they issued The Memories We Make, an eight-track release which combined their first two EPs. It reached number 14 on the U.K. album chart, following support from the Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham, amongst others. On the same July day that it charted, “All My Life” their debut single for Island was released. The heartfelt track was the first song written by Moore, age 16, and was recorded with The Coral’s James Skelly at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios.